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Because the President’s limousine passed almost exactly in front of Dallas clothing manufacturer Abraham Zapruder on Nov. 22, 1963, just as he was playing with his new film camera, and precisely at the moment that Lee Harvey Oswald fired his rifle from a nearby books depository, his silent, 26.6-second home movie has become the focal point of America’s collective memory on that weird day. For many of us, especially those who weren’t alive when it happened, we’re all watching that event through Zapruder’s lens.

Other footage from the scene turns up here and there, becomes fodder for documentaries (like this new one disproving the “second shooter” theory). But Zapruder’s film is still the canonical ur text of John F. Kennedy’s assassination, the most complete and most chilling visual record. In many ways, it prefigured all sorts of American pastimes, from widespread paranoia about government to a loss of faith in photographic truth and the news media, from the acceptance of graphic violence to newer concerns about copyright. Don DeLillo once said that the little film “could probably fuel college courses in a dozen subjects from history to physics.” Without the 486 frames of Kodachrome II 8mm safety film, our understanding of JFK’s assassination would likely be an even greater carnival of conspiracy theories than it already is. Well, maybe.

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Fashion’s tastemakers and trendsetters started packing up on the eighth and final day of New York Fashion Week Thursday as shows are beginning this week in London, followed by Milan and Paris. But as the runway previews of fall looks continue in Europe, some early trends have emerged. The most popular looks to grace the [...]

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Today is Valentine's Day, a day set aside for expressions of love and affection. The traditional western holiday has spread to many countries around the globe, despite some efforts by religious and cultural groups to fight its adoption. Valentine's Day spending in the U.S. this year is expected to reach nearly $15 billion -- $2 billion of it on flowers alone. Ninety percent of the flowers Americans will give to their sweethearts are imported, and nearly all of those imports originate in Colombia and Ecuador. Included in today's posting is an 18-photo series depicting the voyage of the roses from South American farm to florists worldwide. [37 photos]

A couple kisses during a flashmob organized by a local television station on the eve of Valentine's Day in the Russian city of Stavropol, on February 13, 2012. (Reuters/Eduard Korniyenko)

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On Oct. 28, 1886, the Statue of Liberty, a gift from the people of France, was dedicated in New York Harbor by President Grover Cleveland. Oct. 28, 2011 marks the 125th anniversary of the dedication. Take a look back at the history of the statue and all “the lady” has seen in her 125 years.

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Brighton Photo Biennial starts soon…and Alec Soth is coming to town…and maybe his daughter Carmen too… do read more…

Articles – Guardian: The genius behind Alec Soth’s Brighton biennial success (Guardian: September 2010) Photographer Alec Soth was denied permission to work in the UK earlier this year. So he handed over the reins of his latest exhibition to a new collaborator: his seven-year-old daughter

I like the Martin Parr quote in the article: “”It’s the most democratic art form, but it’s painfully difficult to be good at it.”"

Soth makes an appearance also in Telegraph…

Interviews - Alec Soth : Q&A interview for Brighton Photography Biennial (Telegraph: September 2010) Alec Soth will be presenting work made in collaboration with his seven year old daughter for this year’s Brighton Photo Biennial.

Sad news…

Articles – NPPA: Jay Colton Dies In Brazil At Photo Workshop (NPPA: September 2010)

About Taylor Wessing photographic portrait prize….

Articles -  Guardian: Panayiotis Lamprou: the casual power of an intimate portrait (Guardian: September 2010)

Features and Essays - Pep Bonet: saut d’eau voodoo festival, haiti (NOOR: September 2010)

Features and Essays – Alixandra Fazzina: The Paper Mill (NOOR: September 2010)

Features and Essays – Sean Gallagher: The Chinese Alligator: Species On The Brink (Photographer’s Vimeo: September 2010) As China continues its rapid economic development, the wetlands of the country are increasingly coming under threat.

Features and Essays - Meridith Kohut: Stitching a Life From the Scraps of Others (NYT: September 2010) Left Behind in Venezuela to Piece Lives From Scraps

Features and Essays - Preston Gannaway: Chosen Ones (Photographer’s Vimeo: September 2010) In China, children with albinism face a bleak future. Often abandoned and ostracized, most will never be educated, marry or find a job in their country. Adoption offers hope for a chosen few.

Features and Essays - Nina Berman: The Language of Money (NOOR: September 2010)

I rarely get to feature work from Finnish newspapers, but here’s one Nana Buxani/Redux shot for the biggest Finnish daily Helsingin Sanomat about a slum in the Philippines.. The audio slideshow is narrated in Finnish as are the captions, so I don’t know how much most of you can understand, but what the hell…

Features and Essays – Nana Buxani: Citio Damayan (Helsingin Sanomat: September 2010) Philippines

Features and Essays – Marcus Bleasdale: Conflict and Contrast in Kashmir (VII Magazine: September 2010)

Guardian Student Media Awards shortlists are out… including the Photographer of the Year category.. I won the Runner-Up Prize last year, which was rather exciting… and now Veronica has been nominated too for work she did last year in Chile

All ladies shortlist…

AwardsGuardian Student Photographer of the Year shortlist (Guardian: September 2010)

Documentary featuring photographers Bill Eppridge, Boris Yaro, Ron Bennett, David Hume Kennerly, and Richard Drew in the making….

Videos - The Eye of the Storm : The Eye of the Storm tells the story of the assassination of Bobby Kennedy through the eyes of five photojournalists, four of whom were in the room when he was shot.

Photographers - Todd Bigelow : website : twitter

In relation to my posting the other day about Lynsey Addario making the O List…Amanda sent me this…about Lynsey’s proud mum…

Articles – Westport Now: O Magazine Names Westporter to 2010 Power List ( September 2010)

Interviews and Talks / Events –  Geekfest : schedule : livestream on 25 September

My sponsor Think Tank Photo has a couple of new products out…

Equipment - Sling-O-Matic sling bags and in early October, they’ll be releasing new versions of they Urban Disguise and Digital Holster product lines.

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